The hills are a vivid purple with the heather in flower at this time of year. An August walk in the Pentlands is punctuated with the blooms of the old-fashioned hill grasses and herbs. Look carefully for tasty wild blaeberries to pick and lucky white heather!

On the farm, the sheep are gathered. The first of the lambs off to market and wool is packed off to Galashiels for grading and sale.

AUGUST AVAILABILITY AT EASTSIDE

Stable Cottage (sleeps 2) available 23rd - 31st August 2019

Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) Fully Booked

Byre Cottage (sleeps 6) available 26th - 31st August 2019

Woodshed (sleeps 2) available 5th - 19th August 2019

What's on around Edinburgh in August?

Edinburgh comes alive with street performances, pop up bars, cafés and venues. Both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe & Edinburgh International Festival run along side each other offering entertainment from opera and orchestra to dance, comedy, and circus!

Edinburgh Fireworks, New Year, Edinburgh Festival, Balmoral, Princes Street, Scotland

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

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Festivals

The Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe are obviously the main events this month making the city a busy but really exciting place to visit. There is so much more besides with the Edinburgh Arts Festival exhibiting the visual arts and the Book Festival setting up their tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens for two weeks of high profile debates and discussions.

Edinburgh Art Festival | until the 25th August 2019

Edinburgh Festival Fringe | 2nd - 26th August 2019

Edinburgh Foodies Festival | 2nd - 4th August 2019

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo | 2nd - 24th August 2019

Edinburgh International Festival : Including the Finale Fireworks Concert, not to be missed! | 2nd - 26th August 2019

Edinburgh International Book Festival | 10th - 26th August 2019

Breabadair Festival | 10 - 11th August 2019

Festival Fireworks Concert | 26th August 2019

Jupiter Rising | 23rd - 25th August 2019

SCRAN Summer Street Food Party | 17th August 2019

2.

Music & Theatre

Forth on the Fringe | showcasing the best of the festival. 9th - 10th August 2019

Florence & the Machine | 7th - 8th August 2019

Scottish Jazz & Beyond - A Night At The Queen's Hall | 13th August 2019

Blazin' Fiddles with Emily Smith | 14th - 21st August 2019

The Free Company : Summer Series

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Foodie finds & dining events

If you need to escape the city we highly recommend a summer evening at the Free Company. An old farm steading on the edge of the Pentlands turned rustic supper club venue. Evenings at Jupiter Artland are equally magical, with summer gatherings amongst the artworks. Booking essential.

The Free Company : Summer series | TBC

Secret Herb Garden : Full Moon Dinners | 15th August 2019

Steak Night at Restoration Yard | 30th August 2019

SCRAN Summer Street Food Party | 17th August 2019

Canteen : Street Food Festival | 31st August 2019

4.

Bushcraft & foraging

Long summer days in August can also be perfect for trying your hand at bushcraft or foraging in the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands of the Lothians.

Bushcraft and survival skills day course : Dalkeith Country park | 10th August 2019

Forage walk & first aid with plants workshop | 11th August 2019

Narcissus Flower School : A Foraging day out at Dalkeith Country Park | 31st August 2019

Antony Gormley’s Firmament at Jupiter Artland

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Exhibitions

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Palace of Holyrood | throughout August 2019

Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs | throughout August 2019

Jupiter Artland | throughout August 2019

ARTIST ROOMS : Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe | throughout August 2019

Body Beautiful : Diversity on the Catwalk | throughout August 2019

The Long Look | throughout August 2019

NOW : Anya Gallaccio, Charles Avery, Aurélien Froment, Roger Hiorns and others | throughout August 2019

Bridget Riley | throughout August 2019

Wild and Majestic : Romantic Visions fo Scotland | throughout August 2019

Cut and Paste : 400 years of Collage | throughout August 2019

Victoria Crowe : 50 years of Painting | throughout August 2019

Microscopes : Nature Revealed | throughout August 2019

7.

Sport

Musselburgh Racecourse : Family Day | 9th August 2019

8.

Scottish Ceilidh dancing

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club |(with callers for beginners) every Tuesday

Over | Bridget Riley

ARTISTS ROOMS : Woodman

Edinburgh Fireworks, New Year, Edinburgh Festival, Balmoral, Princes Street, Scotland

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

The Free Company : Summer Series

Antony Gormley’s Firmament at Jupiter Artland

Over | Bridget Riley

ARTISTS ROOMS : Woodman

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